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Being a horse, one would expect they could "sprint", ie. gallop, for a decent period of time. Mine (the first one I bought, at Whiterun stables), can only sprint for about as long as I can. That is, just several seconds. Then he goes back to cantering.

Is this normal? If so, what's the purpose of giving a horse (and apparently the hardiest of horses in Tamriel, or so I hear) so little fatigue?

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possible duplicate of Is a horse actually faster than running? – bwarner Mar 25 '12 at 13:44
Not a duplicate - that question is about overall efficiency of riding vs running. This is specifically about a horse's gallop time vs cantering. – ingredient_15939 Mar 25 '12 at 18:18
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It is normal it's just how Bethesda wanted it....too bad because galloping for a longer period of time would have been fun :P

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There is Shadowmere, not a vanilla horse but worth it. :-) – ヴァイシャリ Mar 25 '12 at 17:30
true that :P hehe forgot about him – Duje Zubcic Mar 25 '12 at 17:52

This is normal. Bethesda wanted not to make horse travel to fast in order to increase the perceived size of the world.

Sprinting is there so you can put a little distance between enemies and yourself.

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There is a mod that allows horses to run longer and faster.

I greatly prefer it to the vanilla horses - it makes the horses feel much more useful.

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